Posts Tagged 'Methodologies'

Spotlight on Spira 6.14 - Inline Editing on Gantt Charts

November 22, 2021

The next release of SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan includes some major enhancements for planning and managing waterfall and/or hybrid projects. We introduced the new Gantt chart views of Releases and Tasks in Spira v6.5 with the ability to simply view the Releases and Tasks as items in a read-only Gantt chart view. In the upcoming release, we have added inline editing capabilities, so you can edit Releases and Tasks in the Gantt chart views, and also edit the Releases in the Pert hierarchical view as well.

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Implementing Waterfall for Execution and Management Teams in SpiraPlan

July 21, 2021

Although businesses adopt agile practices to embrace change and respond to market needs, there is still a need for organizations to stay faithful to a set of principles and ideas that come from traditional waterfall project management. After all, if the good lessons learned from waterfall approaches, such as thinking of the milestones for payment terms, procuring resource commitments earlier to avoid delays in ongoing commitments, evaluating risks that challenge existing or future commitments, and technical architecture with scalability in design, are ignored, are we truly adaptive in strategic execution?

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Spotlight on Spira 6.6 - Kanban Work In Progress (WIP) Support Added

August 11, 2020

One of the focus areas in the new release v6.6 of SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan is to improve the support for different agile project management methodologies and approaches. In this article we'll discuss some of the exciting new features that have been added to Spira to better support the popular Kanban agile methodology.

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Spotlight on SpiraTeam 6.2 - Agile Board Enhancements

August 15, 2019

As we get ready for the release of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan 6.2 later this month, we'd like too introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. In the second installment of this series, we're excited to announce the new agile planning enhancements that have been added to SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan 6.2. They are designed to make SpiraPlan even better as your first choice for planning and managing agile projects, whatever flavor of agile you are using.

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Is Agile Development Better than Waterfall Development Overall?

June 12, 2019

A user on Quora recently asked the potentially incendiary question: "is agile development better than waterfall?". Rather than getting into a potentially religious war about software development methodologies (almost as contentious as deciding on coding standards in C++, curly braces on the same line or next line? anyone? ) I thought this question might be a good place to discuss some of the benefits of each approach (agile vs. waterfall) and ways to choose which parts of each methodology make sense for you and your project.

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Product Management versus Project Management

December 24, 2018

As I was concluding a capstone class on project management, there was a question from a few students on whether there is any scope of career growth for project management as a profession with the increased focus on agile principles. Questioning further on the root cause of this concern was the fact that agile approaches, such as Scrum, does not call for a project manager role and the focus is only on product management. In a brief attempt to address this ongoing confusions thinking product and project management are mutually exclusive disciplines with product management slaying the project management field, I explain here the ongoing need for the symbiotic relationship between these two disciplines.

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Session Based Testing with SpiraTest (Part 2)

August 22, 2016

In the first article in this two-part series we discussed some of the reasons why it might not be desirable to spent the time to write formal test cases. Now this might seem like heresy for a company that sells a test management system to even say this! However to recap from last time, there are some good reasons:

  1. We have experienced testers who know the application and don't need to follow detailed test scripts
  2. We have inherited a large system with no formal test cases and we need to understand where the risks lie
  3. We want to spend more time testing the system and less time documenting it.

Please read last week's post if you want to get more backrgound on these!

Now in this week's article we're going to describing the Session-based Testing approach we took when testing SpiraTeam 5.0.

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